Democracy Now! Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Producer Democracy Now!Audio/Visual sound, color
* Liberian President Taylor Steps Down; Goes Into Exile in Nigeria
* Back-to-back Suicide Attacks Kill Four In Israel & West Bank
* Bush Taps Utah Gov. Leavitt to Head EPA
* SF Chronicle: Davis Recall Orchestrated by GOP to Help Bush in 2004
* New Cost of War Estimate & Reconstruction in Iraq tops $600B
* Other UK Intel Officers Backed Kelly’s Charge That Blair Distorted Iraq Intelligence
* More Headlines…
- Liberian President Charles Taylor Surrenders Power and Flies Into Exile in Nigeria
Charles Taylor stepped down as president of Liberia yesterday leaving vice president Moses Blah in charge but not before saying, “God willing I will return.” We go to Monrovia to hear from Christian Science Monitor’s Nicole Itano.
- Environmentalists Protest Selection of Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt as EPA Head
In Utah, Leavitt came under criticism for opening the state’s wildlands to polluting industries and opening millions of acres of wilderness to roadbuilding and development. He also backed a massive highway project that would have destroyed wetlands and fertile farmlands along the Great Salt Lake. [Includes transcript]
- White House Pressured EPA Not To Warn Public About Health Effects of 9/11
New yet-to-be-released report from the EPA’s inspector criticizes the White House for ordering the deletion of information warning downtown New York residents about possible health effects and preventing the release on information on how the public should clean contaminated apartments. [Includes Transcript]
- Egyptian Man Married to American Woman and Father of 3 American Children is Deported as Case is Still Under Appeal
As Walid Ghounem an Egyptian father of 3 is deported we join him and his family on their way to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration.
- Sikh American Family Attacked in Queens, Police Call it Bias
Surinder Singh, a Sikh cab driver, his wife, two children and a cousin were attacked and beaten up in Queens last week by white male assailants who told them “Bin laden family, go back to your country.”
- NYPD Cop Fired For Refusing to Take Off his Turban and Shave his Beard
We speak with the attorney for Amric Singh Rathour, the policeman who was fired on June 18 last year for refusing to take off his turban and shave his beard. He has filed a federal discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of his client.